Species

Scientific Name: Melecta separata callura (Cockerell, 1926)

Common Name: Melecta separata callura

Taxonomy

Bombomelecta callura Cockerell, 1926: 58 [♂] [synonymy by Linsley (1939b)]

     Holotype ♂. USA, California, Marin County, Mill Valley, 28 February 1929, by M.C. Van Duzee [CAS no. 2396]

 

Biology

Linsley (1939), Hurd and Linsley (1951), and Thorph (1969) record this species as a cleptoparasite of Anthophora edwardsii Cresson, the latter study suggesting that it may account for upwards of 20% population mortality at some locations.

 

References

Cockerell TDA (1926) An interesting bew bee from California. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 3(2): 58.

Hurd PD Jr, Linsley EG (1951) The melectine bees of California (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 1(5): 119-140.

Linsley EG (1939) A revision of the Nearctic Melectinae. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 32(2): 429-468.

Thorp RW (1969) Ecology and behavior of Anthophora edwardsii (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae). American Midland Naturalist 82(2): 321-337. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2423781

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin

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